A dinner venue featuring live entertainment that changes nightly. Reservations are strongly recommended, however, walk-ins are accepted if there is seating availability.
June 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Subtle romanticism” with a “distinctive, swinging touch” are words used to describe Gaea Schell. Accomplished and versatile, she – as drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath has said, “plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands”.
Known among her peers for swinging eighth notes, subtle phrasing and contemplative writing, Gaea was recently compared by jazz aficionados to Monty Alexander (piano), and Holly Hofmann (flute). This SF Bay area based pianist, composer, flutist (and vocalist) is originally from Alberta, Canada, where she grew up playing music from an early age. Recorder lessons at age 6 with family friend, the late San Francisco based drummer Eddie Marshall, was one of her first musical ventures.
Gaea made her California debut as a twice featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival and has been performing professionally and internationally in diverse contexts. More recently, she has been found playing flute with Cuban son groups. Her experience includes everything from teaching elementary school flute choirs, trio to quartet to orchestral performance. Notable artists she has shared the stage with include Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, PJ Perry, Marcus Shelby, Kellye Gray, Bobby Watson, Dan Faehnle (former guitarist with Diana Krall), Vibrason, Vince Lateano, Richie Cole, John Wiitala, and Gilbert Castellanos.
Steadfast groove and elegance of expression – trademarks of Gaea Schell’s music – guarantee her ability to engage listeners.